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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

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The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

The Boston Celtics defeat the Washington Wizards as they advance to the next round

Last night marked the seventh and final game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  This would be a physical and challenging series for both team as they try to make it through to the next round, where the Cavaliers await for them.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won Game 5, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The last game would be a tight victory for the Wizards as they pull away with a 92-91 win.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Isaiah Thomas chalked up twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.  Avery Bradley ended up with twenty-seven points, as well, along with three rebounds and one assist.  Each team would look to win last night in the TD Garden and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Al Horford, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas would each drop five points in the first quarter while bench players, Jaylen Brown and Kelly Olynyk would do the same.  Horford, Bradley and Brown would each knock down a three-pointer while collecting their five points.  Thomas would connect for jumper to earn two points while collecting the other three at the free-throw line.  Olynyk would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field while gathering up one defensive rebound and one assist in the process.  As for the Washington team, Markieff Morris would chalk up seven points, knocking down one three-pointer while doing so.  He would also gobble up four defensive rebounds while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would shoot twenty-five percent from the field while gathering up five points.  He would knock down a jumper to give himself two points while earning the other three from the charity stripe.  John Wall would shoot forty percent from the field to give himself five points, as well.  He would also grab one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  The second-round pick in the 2005 draft, Marcin Gortat, would be held scoreless throughout the first quarter but he would jump up to pull down three rebounds.  Bench player, Bojan Bogdanovic, would come off the bench to knock down two free-throws but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 27-23 lead.

The Wizards would return the favor with a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to forty-seven percent.  During that run, Beal would add nine more points to his scoring total, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Otto Porter Jr. would contribute with eight points, along with six rebounds.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  Wall would also put up eight points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, dishing off two assists in the process.  Morris would be limited to only one three-pointer and one free-throw but he would manage to pull down two defensive rebounds.  Gortat would still be held scoreless but would crash the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Thomas would keep his Boston team in it as he puts up seven points, along with three assists.  Olynyk would also chalk up seven points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Jae Crowder would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, as well, collecting six points as a reward.  Horford, Bradley and bench player, Marcus Smart, would each be limited to two points as the Wizards enter halftime with a 55-53 lead.

Isaiah Thomas would come out of the locker room to drop twelve points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  He would give out two assists while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Horford would contribute with eight points, which would include one three-pointer.  He would also grab two rebounds and throw out two assists, as well.  Texas-native, Marcus Smart, would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving himself six points.  He would also crash the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited to two points in the quarter.  On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal would put up twelve points of his own which would include two three-pointers.  He would shoot seventy-one percent from the field as he pulls down two rebounds.  Porter Jr. would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points while he jumped up to grab one defensive rebound.  John Wall would play the entire quarter, only to shoot twenty-two percent from the field.  He would receive five points in return, though, which would hold one three-pointer.  He would also do some work on the glass as he gobbles up five rebounds.  Gortat would only knock down a free-throw to give himself one point but he would get two rebounds.  Morris would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played as the Celtics team would end the fourth quarter with a 85-79 advantage.

The home team would finish things off in the last period as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to light the floor with fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot eighty-three percent from the field as he grabbed two rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Thomas would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he scores five points.  He would knock down one three-pointer while throwing out four assists in the process.  Both Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder would each shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Smart would be rewarded with five points as he grabs two defensive rebounds.  Jae Crowder would only be rewarded with four as Jaylen Brown comes off the bench to earn two points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would continue to put up numbers as he drops twelve points, containing two three-pointers.  He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field as Markieff Morris goes to chalk up seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he nails a three-pointer in the process.  Marcin Gortat would start to warm up as he puts up five points and three rebounds.  John Wall would be held scoreless in the twelve minutes that he played, but he would manage to give out six assists.  Porter Jr. would only knock down two free-throws but it was the Boston Celtics who defeat the Washington Wizards to win the series, 4-3, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Isaiah Thomas would finish with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and twelve assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Kelly Olynyk would also record a new Playoff career-high with twenty-six points.  Bradley Beal finished with thirty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and two assists.

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

The Washington Wizards pull away with a win, forcing a Game 7

Last night marked the sixth game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Celtics as they pull away with a 123-111 win.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would win the second game, as well, escaping with a 129 to 119 overtime win.  Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and three assists.  The Washington team would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Celtics a 116-89 blowout loss.  In that game, John Wall scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and dished off eight assists.  Al Horford ended up with sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.  The Wizards would also win the next game, as they defeat the Celtics with 121 to 102 score.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would put up nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Boston would bounce back as they won the last game, pulling away with a 123-101 win.  Avery Bradley ended up with a Playoff career-high twenty-nine points, six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall scored twenty-one points, grabbed down four rebounds and threw out for assists.  The Washington Wizards looked to stay alive for one more game as they faced the Boston Celtics last night in the Verizon Center.

The game would start off right for the home team as they shoot forty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to twenty-four percent.  Bradley Beal would chalk up six points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  Former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself four points.  John Wall would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to three points.  On the other end of the court, Isaiah Thomas would throw up seven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc and the other four from the charity stripe.  Jae Crowder would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to earn himself four points but it was the Wizards who end the first quarter with a 22-17 lead.  Boston would respond with a 25 to 19 run in the second quarter as Avery Bradley gets hot for eleven points, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as Al Horford shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself seven points which included one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would be held to only a three-pointer as Kelly Olynyk comes off the bench to chalk up two points and four defensive rebounds.  As for the Wizards, Beal would score eight points as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field.  Markieff Morris would contribute with four points and four rebounds.  Former Indiana Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to gather up four points, as well.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 42-41 lead.

Things would start to look slightly better for the Celtics as Bradley comes out of the locker room to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would be rewarded with nine points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects seven points, which would hold one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field but would manage to earn himself seven points.  Crowder would throw up two points, along with three defensive rebounds.  John Wall would keep his Washington team in it as he lights the floor up with thirteen points, collecting three of those points from behind the arc.  Both Morris and Beal would be limited to six points each as Marcin Gortat would be held scoreless.  He would jump up to grab six rebounds, though, but it was the Celtics who went into the last quarter with a 69-66 lead.  The Nation’s Capital’s team would bounce back in the fourth quarter as Beal and Wall put on a scoring display, shooting sixty percent from the from the field.  Beal would chalk up thirteen points knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  John Wall would put up ten points, which would hold one three-pointer, as well.  Markieff Morris would nail a three-pointer himself, along with three defensive rebounds.

With only forty-one seconds left in the game, both teams would be tied at 87 a piece.  Avery Bradley would connect for a fifteen-foot jumper, giving the Celtics a two-point lead but Beal would tie it back it up as he responds with a jumper of his own.  Al Horford would come out of a Boston timeout to knock down a sixteen-foot jumper, forcing the Wizards to call a timeout.  After the timeout, John Wall would nail a much-needed three-pointer to give his team an one-point lead with only three seconds left.  With less than a second left, Isaiah Thomas would attempt a three-point shot but would miss as the Washington Wizards hold on to win, 92-91, forcing a Game 7.  Bradley Beal would finished with thirty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley finished with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and one assist.  Isaiah Thomas would also finish with twenty-seven points, three rebounds and seven assists.

The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

The Boston Celtics destroy the Washington Wizards, taking 3-2 lead in series

Tonight marked the fifth game between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards in their playoff series.  These two teams cannot wait for this series to be done and over with as it has been quite personal on both sides, including ejections, suspensions and fines.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Boston Celtics as they defeat the Wizards with a 123-111 score.  Isaiah Thomas would score thirty-three points, pull down one rebound and dish off nine assists.  Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would also hand the Wizards an overtime loss as they pull away with a 129 to 119 score in Game 2.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas would chalk up a career-high fifty-three points, along with four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would settle for forty points, three rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Wizards would bounce back in Game 3 as they hand the Boston team a 116-89 blowout loss.  John Wall would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Al Horford would score sixteen points, pull down two rebounds and give out three assists.  Washington would also win the last game as they defeat the Celtics, 121 to 102.  In that game, Bradley Beal finished with twenty-nine points and four rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would settle for nineteen points, one rebound and five assists.  Each team would look to take a 3-2 lead in the series tonight as they face off in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the home team as the Celtics shot sixty-five percent from the field as a team, limiting the Wizards to thirty-five percent.  Avery Bradley would get hot for fourteen points, collecting six of them from behind the arc.  He would shoot seventy-five percent while pulling down three rebounds in the process.  Four-time All-Star, Al Horford, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with five points.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while doing so.  Jae Crowder would only to be limited to four points but he would jump up to pull down four defensive rebounds.  As for the Nation’s Capital’s team, Bradley Beal would shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Otto Porter Jr. would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to four points.  Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and John Wall would each be limited to two points as the Boston Celtics ended the first quarter with a 33-21 lead.  Things would not get easier for the Wizards as Bradley would continue to put on a scoring display, shooting eighty percent from the field while collecting eleven points in return.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process while Crowder would earn himself ten points, gathering six of them from beyond the arc.  Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, putting up six points as a result.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try to keep his Wizards team in it as he throws up twelve points, hitting a three-pointer while doing so.  He would also pull down three rebounds but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a commanding 67-51 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the Wizards as Horford would come out of the locker room to put up eight points, six of them coming from behind the three-point line.  Isaiah Thomas would contribute with five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process as Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Avery Bradley would each be limited to four points in the quarter.  Markieff Morris would try to bring his Wizards team back in it as he throws up seven points including one three-pointer.  Porter Jr. and Beal would each be limited to six points as they both would shoot fifty percent from the field.  Former Pacers player, Ian Mahinmi, would come off the bench to knock down three free-throws as John Wall would be held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played.  Gortat would collect two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Boston team that would walk into the last quarter with a 93-76 lead.  The Celtics would finish things off in the last period as Marcus Smart would come off the bench to chalk up eight points which would contain two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds as Thomas himself would earn eight points, including one three-pointer.  Isaiah Thomas would gather up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total, as well.  On the other end of the court, Wall would try his best to bring the Wizards back as he would chalk up seven points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to shoot forty-three percent from the field.  He would also earn seven points, which would hold one three-pointer, but it was the Boston Celtics that defeated the Washington Wizards with a 123-101 blowout, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.  Avery Bradley would finish with twenty-nine points (his new Playoff career-high), six rebounds and three assists.  John Wall finished with twenty-one points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Washington Wizards hand the Boston Celtics a blowout loss, making the series 2-1

The Washington Wizards hand the Boston Celtics a blowout loss, making the series 2-1

Tonight marked the third game between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The Wizards would struggle in the first two games as the Celtics would pull away with victories.  Game 1 would work out in Boston’s favor as they defeat the Nation’s Capital’s team, 123 to 111.  In that game, Isaiah Thomas scored thirty-three points, pulled down one rebound and dished off nine assists.  Bradley Beal finished with twenty-seven points, one rebound and four assists.  The Celtics would pull away with a win in Game 2, handing the Wizards a 129-119 overtime loss.  Isaiah Thomas finished with fifty-three points, four rebounds and four assists.  John Wall would put up forty points, three rebounds and thirteen assists.  The Boston team would look to improve to 3-0 in the series as they face off against the Wizards inside the Verizon Center.

The home team would start the game off right as they shoot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Celtics to thirty-eight percent.  Otto Porter Jr. would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting nine points in the process.  Bojan Bogdanovic would come off the bench to also put up nine points, which he would collect all from behind the arc.  He would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as John Wall would be limited to eight points, which would include one three-pointer.  On the other end of the court, Jae Crowder would score eight points which held two three-pointers.  Avery Bradley would contribute with four points but it was the Wizards that ended the first quarter with a 39-17 lead.  The Celtics would attempt to cut into the lead as Al Horford shoots sixty-seven percent from the field, putting up eight points which would hold two three-pointers.  Two-time All-Star, Isaiah Thomas, would also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only earn six points.  As for the Washington team, Porter Jr. would continue to add to his scoring total as he would chalk up six more points, along with three rebounds.  Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal and John Wall would each put up four points as the Wizards would walk into halftime with a 63-40 advantage.

Things wouldn’t get any easier for the visiting team as North Carolina-native, John Wall, would light the floor up with twelve points in the third quarter, along with three assists.  Marcin Gortat would chalk up seven points as he would crash the boards for seven rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Horford would try to keep his Boston team in it as he throws up eight points, collecting six of them from beyond the arc.  Isaiah Thomas would be held to only six points as the home team would walk into the last quarter with a huge 95 to 69 lead.  The Wizards would close things out in the fourth as rookie Sheldon McClellan comes off the bench to put up eight points, which would contain two three-pointers.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as the Washington Wizards defeat the Boston Celtics, 116-89, making the series 2-1.  John Wall finished with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Al Horford would settle for sixteen points, two rebounds and three assists.